Chiang mai travel guide
The city is called the “rose of the north” and it’s the heart of lanna thai culture.
There are a range of foods present, both traditional northern thai food as well as issan, and cuisine from neighboring burma.
Northern thailand has many burmese refugees, and this presence is felt not only in the food, but in the range of development work and volunteering opportunities.
Things to do in chiang mai
This is one of the most sacred temples in thailand and a beautiful one built right into the top of a nearby mountain.
This is a cinch to visit from the city—red songthaews leave from the base of the mountain every 15 minutes or so when they are full.
Wander through wat chedi luang in both daylight and at night.
Things to do in chiang rai
The white temple is one of thailand’s most prominent contemporary works of art, and it’s an ongoing masterpiece.
Although the entire vision won’t be completed until as late as 2070, the main temple, bridge, and other areas of the temple complex are done.
A major earthquake in 2014 caused damage to the painted walls inside, but it is still totally worth the visit.
Lantern festival in chiang mai
This incredible event has been on my bucketlist for a long time now and is the main reason for some tourists to plan a trip to thailand.
Thousands of lanterns are going up in the air to release bad vibes and have a fresh start.
Cost of living in chiang mai, thailand (2019)
There’s a lot of information to sort through now.
When i moved to chiang mai in 2011, the city was a very different place for expats (digital nomads were scarce but retirees aplenty), and information was nonexistent about what it would actually cost to live there.
This post was essentially the first online thailand cost of living breakdown, sharing the nitty gritty details of what your money buys in thailand, what costs more than back home, and how your own goals might align to moving somewhere in the country (digital nomads and retirees tend to choose a handful of key hotspots around the country).